I discovered your website this morning as I was trying to find some information about 'marking'. You see a very close friend of mine was 'marked' earlier this week and as I know the ins and outs of the situation (as we are close friends) I disregarded the talk immediately as I know my friend is obviously having issues but is no way a 'danger' to anybody else's spiritual health. Basically they are dating a non-believer- hence the talk. Not the first in the congregation and I doubt the last.
Now I am relatively new to the 'truth' as I have been baptized for just over a year and studying for 4 years previous, so this is my first experience of hypocrisy in the truth. And I am really struggling with it. Now I am not really here to change my religion as I did do a lot of research into the 'watchtower' earlier on in my study (some of you may not think I did enough, but I think I am here more to vent- if that's ok?) And no matter whom the Governing Body are Jehovah has personally taken care of me very well, yes before I looked into the bible but also very much after.
The reason I am here is because I had another couple round my home a couple of nights ago and all they could talk about was the 'marking' talk and how they hope it wakes this person up. Now I completely understand where they were coming from, they do not spend as much time with this person as I, so therefore cannot see the heart of it, as I can, they were looking at it extremely one dimensionally. I can accept that. However what I cannot accept is that the wife has two close friends in the truth whom both married non-believers. Her reasoning being that one of her friends was not baptised at the time of the marriage and the others fiancé was studying at the time. Because my friend is being refreshingly honest about it, it seems they are being made an example of. Never mind the fact that love is supposed to cover all things or the fact that Jehovah doesn't even bring to mind the wrongs that you have done. I guess it just showed up how judgemental and conditional friendships can be in the truth. And as I spent some time with the 'marked' person today am just wondering and yes worried about the repercussions that this will involve.
Yeah just looking to vent!
Thank you for being here.